14 Mar 2023
Intervarsity competitions bring together some of the most talented athletes from universities across the country. Many UCD sports clubs have taken part in their own club intervarsities recently and you can read a round-up on a select few below.
16 UCD Orienteering (UCDO) members travelled to Fauna Forest in Co. Wicklow in early March for the first orienteering intervarsities event since 2019! There were 46 entries in total with orienteers from UCDO, UCCO, ULOP, MTU and DUO. There were some excellent results all round. The Women’s trophy was once again returned to UCDO, with the men’s trophy heading to Cork for this year. All 3 committee members who attended placed. Club Captain Aoife O’Sullivan helped organise the trip to Wicklow made sure everyone had a great time!
In the Intervarsity hill running competition, Kathryn Barr and Aoife O’Sullivan won gold and bronze respectively which saw a mix of snow, wind, rain, and mud!
UCD Surf Club
In early March, UCD Surf Club competed at the National Intervarsities Contest in Bundoran, Co. Donegal. The contest was hosted by NUIG Surf Club and the Irish Surfing Association. The event was held in challenging conditions at Tullan Strand. A total of 12 surfers from UCD competed. Liam Lenihan, Killian Morris, David King, Adam McCormack, Adam Murphy, James Mogan and Colm Shortall in the Men's Open. Evie Bennett and Alana Walsh in the Women's Open. Sophie Swinand and Eoin Morgan in the Novice Category, and Erin Smith in the Women's Longboard. Erin took home the gold in her category, David King placed fourth in Men's Open and Eoin Morgan came third amongst the novices. UCD placed third, in terms of overall team performance.
UCD Fencing Club
UCD Fencing club managed to take home the Fencing Intervarsity trophy for a second year in a row, giving UCD its 22nd win overall. UCD were also successful in the individual weapon in Women's Foil and Men's Epee. This was a fantastic achievement, and made sweeter by ending rival Trinity College's 13 year streak and it is a testament to the UCD Fencing team to be able to hold our title for another year.
UCD Mountaineering Club
UCDMC recently competed in the Irish Intervarsity Climbing Competition hosted by Queens University Belfast. UCDMC placed third overall, with two members achieving first place in their respective categories, Dylan Dodd in Female Advanced, and Eimear Smith in Female Beginner.